Doug’s message

Doug Brown, Barnsley Nats President, has sent this message to everyone:

This is the end of the first week of the lock-down, but I can still record the local bird and wildlife.

Last week when life was fairly free, I noticed fair numbers of Long Tailed Tits and Wrens on the TPT at Thurgoland pairing up. I think that the mild winter has boosted numbers of both at home; speaking of which we have had up to six Blue Tits, two Great Tit, two Nuthatch and up to thirty Goldfinch on the feeders at home. On the down side we have not had any Siskin or Redpoll and only the odd Greenfinch this winter.

The warmer weather this last week has encouraged butterflies to emerge out, such as Comma, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in Silkstone Common.

Sunshine brought out the ‘aging moth trapper’ on a few nights this last week which resulted in the following species being recorded, Small Quaker, Common Quaker Hebrew Character and Early Moth.

Please take care, best wishes, Doug.

PS. If you would like to get in touch, we are looking forward to hearing about the wildlife you have seen and what you have observed.

One thought on “Doug’s message”

  1. It has been a very long week with at least another 11 weeks to face. Doug started the 2020 moth season on the 25 March so our refrigerator has been taken over with various containers ready for identification. Doug has put two moth traps out this evening (30 March) so we will see what we get.

    On Sunday 22 March I had a Brimstone butterfly in the front garden at Silkstone Common . My two main highlights of the week were five Buzzard near Knabbs Wood on Tuesday 24 March, but on Friday 27 March I received a phone call from friends in Derby who have three Hedgehogs in their garden. Jill

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